Drink driver jailed for killing best friend - Bishop's Stortford

11/02/2014

A drink driver who killed his best friend when he crashed into a telegraph pole and a wall in Bishop's Stortford was jailed for 40 months on Tuesday, 11 February 2014.

Jamie Curtis, 22, was also banned from driving for 10 years by Judge Marie Catterson, who told him he must take an extended test before he can get his licence back.

At an earlier hearing, Curtis of West Road, Bishop's Stortford, pleaded guilty to causing the death by careless driving of Connor Dodd while he was nearly one and a half times over the legal alcohol limited.

Connor, 21, was a front seat passenger in a black Citroen Saxo, driven by Curtis, that crashed in Rye Street in Bishop's Stortford in the early hours of Sunday, 02 December 2012.

The 02 registered car ploughed into a telegraph pole and brick wall close to a bus stop near Stane Close at around 3am. No other vehicle was involved.  An ambulance was called, but Connor, a former pupil at Birchwood School, was declared dead soon after.

Ann Evans prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "The tragedy is that the defendant and the victim were best friends. When the defendant was first spoken to that was the first thing he said." She said a blood alcohol reading given by Curtis was 118 - just short of one and a half times over the drink drive limit.

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